Diagnosis

The cardinal symptoms of Parkinson's (TRAP) are the hallmarks of the disease. These symptoms, which often appear gradually and steadily worsen, are usually the reason an individual seeks medical attention. In most cases, the motor symptoms begin on one side of the body and migrate over time to the other side.

There is no test (such as a blood test, brain scan or EEG) that clearly and specifically identifies PD.  Instead, a doctor completes a detailed medical history and performs a thorough neurological examination.  Presence of two or more of the cardinal symptoms leads the doctor toward a PD diagnosis, which is validated by performing diagnostic tests to rule out other possibilities that show some of the same symptoms as Parkinson’s.  Frequently, the doctor will also look for responsiveness to Parkinson's medications, in a procedure called a “drug trial” or “drug challenge,” as further evidence that Parkinson's is the correct diagnosis.

Unfortunately, because there is no definitive test for Parkinson's disease and because PD's symptoms are similar to those of other neurological conditions, the misdiagnosis rate is relatively high.  Many PWPs seek second and third opinions, and also seek evaluation by a movement disorder specialist (a board-certified neurologist who specializes in the treatment of movement disorders like Parkinson’s).

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The Crooked Path is a blog written by Corey King, a CCPSG member and diagnosed with PD at the age of 47.  

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Even though the calendar doesn’t say summer is here, the high temperatures of the recent weeks tell a different story.


TIPS FOR STAYING COOL


Wear cool clothing: Dress in light-weight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, preferably of natural fabrics like cotton. Use hats and umbrellas outside. Parkinson’s patients are at a higher risk of melanoma, so cover up with light clothing and/or use sunscreen regularly. If you have not seen your dermatologist in a year or more, make an appointment for a skin check.

Drink plenty of fluids: Drink plenty of water and fruit or vegetable juice even if you don’t feel thirsty. No alcohol, coffee or tea. Seek medical help if you suspect dehydration.

Avoid direct sun: Stay indoors during the hottest hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you want to be outside, make sure it’s during cooler hours and you are in the shade, on a covered porch, or under an umbrella.

Don’t forget the sunscreen.

SOURCES
“Hyperthermia: Too Hot for Your Health”
National Institute on Aging
www.nia.nih.gov

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JUNE 19, 2018

If you like sea food and want to support the Lone Star Parkinson Society programs enjoy a night out at the Sea Island at Creekside in New Braunfels

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